Dr. Anatoly Frenkel, professor of physics at Stern College for Women, has been named Weston Visiting Professor in the Department of Materials and Interfaces at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.

Anatoly FrenkelHe will be hosted by Dr. Igor Lubomirsky, professor at Weizmann, who has been Frenkel’s collaborator for more than 10 years. Together, Frenkel and Lubomirsky seek to understand how important materials used in advanced technological applications—as diverse as fuel cells, audio speakers, sonar detectors and portable cameras—function. Their work focuses in particular on materials that develop high levels of mechanical stress in response to electric fields.

“The Weizmann Institute is a unique institution that attracts top talent and is the home base of three Nobel Prize-winning researchers,” said Frenkel. “Over the years, I have collaborated with seven Weizmann researchers and coauthored 20 articles with them, hence my long-term commitment to the place. With the resources that will be available to me through this fellowship, I will be able to visit Professor Lubomirsky at the Weizmann Institute for two to three weeks every year, discuss results obtained in joint experiments–some of which are currently under way–and plan future work.”

He added, “This collaboration also helps foster academic exchange between our group members and I am looking forward to involving Stern and Yeshiva College students in this research. In the recent past, two Stern students were part of this collaboration, and coauthored our articles in Physical Review Letters and Applied Physics Letters, the top physics journals.”

“Professor Frenkel’s growing international reputation as a research scientist is attested to by this new honor,” said Dr. Karen Bacon, the Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean of Stern College. “And his reputation as a caring and inspiring mentor is evidenced by the undergraduate women of Stern College who credit him, and the Physics Department he has built, for their passion for the sciences.”

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